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Men More Likely to Believe They Do More Work Than Women with Same Job

October 30, 2019

More than one-quarter of men (26%) say they have more responsibility than colleagues with the same job title, compared to 18% of workers who are women. Businesses must make employee responsibilities clear to combat the underestimation of women’s workloads.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2019 – Men are more likely than women to say they have more responsibility than their colleagues’ with the same job title, according to a new survey report by Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. Women may struggle to advance in organizations that do not provide a clear outline of employees’ tasks, experts say.

66% of people believe two workers with the same job title should have the same level of responsibilityBusinesses should clearly outline a job’s tasks and responsibilities through its title and description to combat gender bias about workplace responsibility. By doing so, companies will give all employees a more accurate sense of their workloads and a fairer chance at advancement.

Clutch surveyed 505 full-time employees in the U.S. about their job titles. 

Experts say that women struggle to advance in part because of factors such as:

By developing accurate and transparent job titles and descriptions, businesses can help both employees and external stakeholders understand all workers’ roles. With this knowledge, people will be less likely to assume that men do more work than women.

People Believe Employees With Same Job Title Should Have Same Overall Responsibility at Work

While men and women claim different levels of responsibility, the majority of people say it’s important for employees with the same job title to have the same overall responsibility.

Two-thirds of people (66%) say it is very or somewhat important for two employees with the same job title to have the same overall responsibility at work.

Only 23% of employees say that their job title accurately reflects their work and responsibility, though.

Businesses must remember that responsibility is different than daily, individual tasks.

  • Tasks are individual, deadline-driven activities that employees complete to advance larger projects.
  • Responsibility is a broader state of accountability and control.

Employees can hold the same level of overall responsibility while still completing different daily tasks.

To designate an employee’s responsibility accurately, companies can make efforts as simple as using “senior” in the job titles of employees with advanced authority.

“Simply designating someone’s title as ‘senior’ can reflect the added experience and responsibilities,” said John Moss, CEO of English Blinds, a window blinds supplier. “[This ensures that employees] feel their work is acknowledged, respected, and appreciated.”

Clutch’s 2019 Job Advancement Survey included 505 full-time employees across the U.S.

Read the full report: https://clutch.co/hr/resources/job-titles-for-employees-businesses

For questions about the survey, a comment on the findings, or an introduction to the industry experts included in the report, contact Seamus Roddy at [email protected].

About Clutch

Clutch is the leader in connecting global service providers with corporate buyers from around the world. The ratings and reviews platform publishes the most extensive and referenced client reviews in the B2B services market. Clutch has grown by 50% or more every year throughout the past five years and is ranked #412 in Inc.'s 2018 and #773 in Inc.’s 2019 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. and #27 in LinkedIn's list of the top 50 startups.

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